Former Seattle Seahawks player TJ Cunningham shot dead in school lot in Aurora, Colorado



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A former NFL player was shot dead this weekend in a dispute over a parking space, authorities said. Anthony "TJ" Cunningham, who played part of the 1996 season with the Seattle Seahawks, was reportedly killed three times by a man who lived across from him in Aurora, Colorado on Sunday. Denver Post. He died a day later in a hospital. Neighbors were arguing over a parking spot and agreed to meet in the parking lot of a high school located one kilometer from home to "get by", reads on an affidavit, published by ABC News and CNN. The document indicates that Marcus Johnson, aged 31, charged with first degree murder, shot into Cunningham's 46-year-old head and chest while they were heading for one another. Another, shouting obscenities.

Johnson, who called 911, claimed that Cunningham was armed with a bottle, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office. But Cunningham's brother, present at the shooting, said the deputy director of another high school in Aurora was carrying no weapon. "He was a good family man and a passion for working with young people," said Rick George, athletic director of the University of Colorado, via: tweet. Cunningham played as a receivers and semi-defenseman from 1992 to 1995 before being selected by the Seahawks in the sixth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played nine games in defense in his only season before the end of career injuries, by KDVR. Johnson must appear in court to file charges on Friday. (Read more shooting stories.)


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